Hip-hop actor and artist Ice-T tweeted that he wants to see a new version in the Def Jam series for Xbox Series X and PS5.
Hip hop and video games go together like peanut butter and jam, and the biggest evidence of this is through the classic 3D fighting game Def Jam. While some have a loving place in their hearts for the series, others are convinced that it is a relic from the past. However, this may change now that the artist and video game enthusiast Ice-T has stated that he wants a new game in the franchise.
For beginners, Def Jam was a 3D fighting video game series published by EA starring a multitude of hip hop artists as playable characters. The games have included hip hop legends like Redman, Ghostface Killah, Slick Rick, Xzibit, and Snoop Dogg.
Now it appears Ice-T is pushing to bring the fighter back after he tweeted a screenshot of Def Jam: Fight for NY’s character selection screen. The screenshot showed the scene highlighting his character with the caption “Player Stuff: I think they really need to revamp this game for the new consoles …”
While it’s hard to know if this pressure from Ice-T will cause EA to reconsider bringing the hip hop fighter back, it’s fun to imagine what a new game in the series might look like. Instead of exchanging punchlines on a diss track, players could see Meek Mill and Drake exchanging real shots. Or maybe Pusha T and Drake could solve this ghost writing problem by turning the other into a ghost. Well, it seems like a lot of rappers might want to solve their problem with Drake in some way.
While Ice-T may be excited about a new Def Jam, unfortunately, there has been no indication that the series will return anytime soon. In 2018, the official Def Jam Recordings Twitter account apparently started teasing a sequel to Def Jam: Fight for NY, however these pranks never came up again.
That said, Ice-T is a stubborn man and has a long history of appearing in various video games. In addition to playing Stranded leader Aaron Griffin in Gears of War 3, he also took on the role of the AI-turned stuffed animal BALEX in the recent looter-shooter sequel Borderlands 3.